Fair Culture, my book of images just published by the Historical Society Press, is a finalist in the photography category in ForeWord Review’s annual Book of the Year Contest. Fingers crossed…
ForeWord is the only book review trade journal devoted exclusively to books from independent publishing houses. The awards bring increased attention to booksellers and librarians of the literary and graphic achievements of independent publishers and their authors.
I started working on the Fair Culture project in August 2005 with a series of photographs of 4-H participants at the poultry and rabbit barns of the Indiana State Fair. Over the next few years I expanded it to include many county fairs in Indiana (see earlier blog entry below). In addition to the photographs, the book includes an essay by Gerald Waite exploring the history of fairs from the Middle Ages to modern times and what fair culture says about those who participate in this annual ritual of midwestern life.
I’ve also been chosen as the 2012 Artist in Residence at the Indiana State Fair, with an exhibit of photographs from the book on permanent display during the fair from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 3 to Aug. 19 in the artist-in-residence gallery.